News & Analysis

  1. strictly-business

    Etsy files S-1, seeks $100M

    Etsy, the craftsperson-focused digital marketplace, has filed its S-1. The company intends to be listed on NASDAQ with the ticker symbol “ETSY”; it’s seeking $100 million; and it posted a $15 million loss in 2014. [Source: Fortune]
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    Gawker exclusively reveals that the Daily Mail is horrible

    Earlier today, Gawker published a damning takedown of the Daily Mail, a newspaper which, as any British reader will tell you, has been immune to damning takedowns since, well, this… As attacks on the Daily Mail go, the Gawker piece — by former Mail scribe James King — contained few surprises. Who knew that the Mail was little more than linkbait and stolen stories, written and published by awful people who don’t care much for the truth? If you answered “everyone…
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    How do your grandma and grandpa watch porn? Like it or not, Pornhub has the answers

    Pornhub is many things… okay, it’s really only two things — a massive repository of adult videos, yes, but also a conduit for unearthing fascinating data sets about human sexuality. What makes this data so unique is that, unlike other sexual research studies, the results are not based around subjective surveys. No, they are based on the real viewing habits of Internet users. So while a bible-thumping Arkansan man may not fess up to feeling aroused by other men, his Pornhub browsing…
  5. andymarc

    Rdio’s Marc Ruxin and Mattermark’s Andy Sparks join our crazy Pandoland lineup

    Like one of Mike Maples’ beloved atomic “thunder lizards,” the lineup for Pandoland, our big annual conference in Nashville this June, just keeps growing. The latest update: Rdio’s Marc Ruxin will join Redef’s Jason Hirschhorn on stage to discuss all things digital entertainment. It’s hard to imagine a better combo on the topic. Ruxin is the COO of Rdio and has serious chops in digital entertainment since the earliest days. Before funding TastemakerX– which Rdio acquired last year– he lead all…
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    Study: Smartphones are addictive, and can increase narcissistic tendencies (Also, water is wet)

    Smartphones should come with health warnings, according to a study from the University of Derby, which examined the relationships consumers form with their pocket computers. The study was informed by 256 self-selected smartphone users who responded to an online survey. That is an admittedly small sample from which conclusions can be drawn. But it seems to do little besides confirm what some have already suspected: people can be addicted to their smartphones, and the devices can encourage narcissistic behaviors.…
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    Startups Anonymous: 38 Things Every Startup Founder Should Know

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we’ll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] At my age (I’m 38), I’m…
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    The air traffic control system is shockingly insecure

    A report from the Government Accountability Office has criticized the Federal Aviation Administration for not making sure the air traffic control system is as secure as possible. The FAA’s transgressions are many: Its employees sent sensitive information over insecure connections, it failed to upgrade its systems to fix known security vulnerabilities, and it continued to use some systems even after their manufacturers stopped supporting them. The GAO’s report described many other problems. Here are some of…
  11. Classroom Desks

    Can’t argue with results: Echo360 study sees class engagement rise 49%, exam grades jump 10%

    Every company will tell you that its product is the best thing since sliced bread. But when customers deliver the same sort of glowing reviews, the praise carries a bit more weight. Active learning pioneer Echo360 is getting exactly this kind of love today in the way of a live classroom study conducted by one of its users, Dr. Colin Montpetit, assistant professor of biology at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Montpetit has published the findings of a semester-long…
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    Waze joins Facebook and Google in making sure AMBER Alerts reach as many people as possible

    It’s important for AMBER Alerts to reach as many people as possible. A study found that 74 percent of children who die after being abducted are killed within three hours. Looking out for these children could mean the difference between finding them alive or dead. That’s what makes things like Waze’s announcement that it will display AMBER Alerts in its navigation app so important. Could it be an effort to draw attention from allegations that wannabe cop-killers might…
  14. elsewhere

    Pebble Time becomes most-funded Kickstarter project

    Pebble Time, the followup to the original Pebble smartwatch, has become the most-funded Kickstarter project in the platform’s history with more than $15 million raised in just a few days. Looks like using the platform as a pre-order service works after all. [Source: Quartz]
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    Nextdoor raises $110M, mulls monetization strategy

    Nextdoor, the neighborhood-focused social network, has raised $110 million at a $1.1 billion valuation. The company reportedly hopes to “extract data” from the millions of conversations on its service to fuel its monetization strategy, which might include ads for local businesses, to justify that valuation. [Source: The New York Times]
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    Uber acquires deCarta mapping company

    Uber has acquired deCarta, a mapping startup, for an undisclosed sum. This is the first acquisition the company has publicly announced, though it has made others in the past. Most of deCarta’s team will join Uber, and the company itself will be run as a subsidiary of Uber, under its own name. [Source: Mashable]
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    Change agent: PayNearMe partners with Grameen America to help lift women out of poverty

    The technology community rarely gets much credit for doing anything positive for the world. Even the most successful companies get boiled down to data gluttons or profit fiends. So when a company does something selfless and purely for the communities it serves, such acts deserve to be spotlighted. PayNearMe, the cash transaction network that allows US consumers to pay bills and make online purchases using cash at more than 17,000 participating retailers across the country, has done just…
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    FREAK shows why the gov’t’s attempts to weaken information security are horribly misguided

    Here’s another reason tech companies shouldn’t comply with government requests to weaken their security measures or include backdoors in their products: they can come around to haunt hundreds of millions of consumers more than a decade later. Researchers have found a problem with the encryption standard used in several browsers pre-loaded on Android devices and Apple’s Safari browser. It’s called FREAK — “Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys” — and its rediscovery means much of the Web is insecure. This vulnerability…
  20. runthejewels

    The ten best bands to see at this year’s SXSW

    Pando’s going to SXSW! More specifically, I’ll be attending the music/tech/culture festival in Austin later this month. I’m insanely excited, but — like all festivals where an event’s “popularity” has arguably outlived its “cool” factor — SXSW has in recent years received a healthy dose of criticism. And while I for one was delighted by the absurdity of the politically-conscious rap group Public Enemy performing on a 62-foot Doritos vending machine “powered by tweets” (both Doritos and Public Enemy are #bold, you see), the critics…

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